Origin of dittany
1350–1400; Middle English ditane, detany < Old French dita(i)n < Latin dictamnus, dictamnum < Greek díktamnon, perhaps akin to Díktē, a mountain in Crete where the herb abounded
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Dittany, used by the Indians as a remedy for various diseases.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
According to Virgil, Venus healed the wounded neas with Dittany.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
Dittany, dit′a-ni, n. a genus of aromatic perennial plants, formerly much used medicinally as a tonic.
The sacred plants of the goddess were, the willow, pomegranate, the dittany and the lily.The Student's Mythology
Catherine Ann White
Fraxinella, frak-si-nel′a, n. a common name for cultivated species of dittany.
- an aromatic Cretan plant, Origanum dictamnus, with pink drooping flowers: formerly credited with great medicinal properties: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
- Also called: stone mint a North American labiate plant, Cunila origanoides, with clusters of purplish flowers
- another name for gas plant
C14: from Old French ditan, from Latin dictamnus, from Greek diktamnon, perhaps from Diktē, mountain in Crete
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